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Some interesting dates in the History of New Zealand Shipping Company and the Dominion: We have the comments line which is great way to catch up with everyone associated with the sea.

Courtesy of the late Owen Shaw, steward on the Rangitane 1951/52 who went on to became Editor of New Zealand Herald, Aucklands daily morning newspaper.

1642 Abel Tasman was the first Euopean to discover the Islands, but he thought they were part of the mainland of South America.
1769 Captain Cook lands at Gisborne: Poverty Bay. He then circumnavigated the Islands and charted the coast.
1814 First Missionary Settlement established in the Bay of Islands
1839 The Islands were included within the boundaries of New South Wales
1840 On 22 January the S.S Aurora arrived at Port Nicholson ( Wellington) with the First settlers. On 6th February the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, whereby all powers of Sovereignty in New Zealand were ceded to Queen Victoria and Captain Hobson became Governor
1841 New Zealand proclaimed a separate colony.
1873 The New Zealand Shipping Company was inaugurated at Christchurch and commenced trading with 18 ships, including those under charter, having an average tonnage of 830 tons.
1883 The Company started a monthly service of Steamships
1907 New Zealand proclaimed a Dominion
1912 The New Zealand Shipping company amalgamated with the Federal Steam Navigation Company
1914 The Panama Canal was opened to the World's traffic on 15th August, 1914, and the Company was the First to make use of it later in the same year.
1914 - 1918 The Company lost 11 ships, aggregating 86,000 tons, during the First World War.
1939 - 1940 The Centenary of New Zealand as a British Colony was celebrated throughout the Dominion.
1939 - 1945 The combined losses of the New Zealand Shipping Company and Federal Steam navigation Company in the Second World War amounted to 19 ships, aggregating 195,000 tons

requests for information pertaining to the old New Zealand Shipping Company.

So Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, in January 1994 dug through the archives and put this information together.
Thank you, Ailsa

We were told that a book was produced consisting of photos and a small amount of information about each ship.
We were never giveWe have receivedn a copy and have no idea of the author or where you could get a copy .. Sorry !

BUT we can tell you, the photo's came from the Auckland & Wellington Harbour Board Maritime Museums.

Years of service for Shipping

Name of Ship

Years of Service

Name of ship

Years of Service

Haparangi

1947 - 73

Rangitane

1929 - 40

Hinakura

1949 - 74

Rangitane

1950

Hororata

1913 - 43

Rangitata

1929 - 62

Horarata

1942 - 67

Rangitiki

1929 - 62

Hurunui

1948

Rangitoto

1949

Kaikoura

1894 - 1907

Remuera

1948

Kaikoura

1903 - 26

Rimutaka

1885 - 1900

Kaipaki

1939 55

Rimutaka

1900 - 30

Kaipara

1903 - 14

Rimutaka

1923

Kaiparo

1938 - 53

Rotorua

1911

Manapouri

1968

Ruahine

1909 - 49

Mataura

1968

Ruahine

1951

Opawa

1906 - 28

Ruapehu

1901 - 31

Opawa

1931 - 42

Taupo

1966

Otaio

1930 - 41

Tekoa

1922 - 58

Otaio

1597

Tekoa

1966

Otaki

1907 - 17

Tongariro

1883 - 99

Otaki

1920 - 34

Tongariro

1901 - 16

Otaki

1953

Tongariro

1924 - 60

Otarama

1920 - 28

Tongariro

1967

Papanui

1898 - 1911

Turakina

1923 - 40

Paparoa

1944 - 70

Turakina

1960

Piako

1962

Whakatane

1900 - 24

Pipiriki

1944 - 71

Whakatane

1954

Rakaia

1945

   

NEW ZEALAND SHIPPING Vessels

Courtesy of John Osborne Name 1st April 1959 GR Tons

MV Rangitane - Passenger

21,867

MV Rangitoto- Passenger

21,809

MV Ruahine- Passenger

17,851

MV Rangitiki- Passenger

16,985

MV Otaio - Cadet Ship ;

13,314

SS Hororata

12,090

MV Haparangi

11,281

MV Hurunui

11,276

MV Hauraki

11,272

MV Hinakura

11,272

MV Otaki

10,934

SS Pipiriki

10,065

SS Paparoa

10,006

SS Papanui

10,002

SS Tongariro

8,879

MV Whakatane

8,726

MV Whangaroa

8,700

MV Wharanui

8,701

MV Rakaia Cadet Ship

8,213

 

 

 

 

FEDERAL STEAM NAVIGATION CO Vessels

MV Cumberland 11,281

MV Huntingdon 11,281

MV Hertford 11,276

MV Sussex 11,272

MV Suffolk 11,145

MV Norfolk 11,079

MV Cambridge 11,073

MV Durham Cadet Ship 11,073

MV Essex 10,936

MV Northumberland 10,335

SS Dorset 10,108

MV Essex 10,936

MV Gloucester 8,532

MV Middlesex 8,284

MV Surrey 8,227

MV Cornwall 7,583

MV Nottingham 6,689

SS Lincoln Tanker 18,615

SS Kent
Tanker under build Abt 45,000 dwt

SS Derby
Tanker under build Abt 45,000 dwt

 


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